This morning I was busy thinking my practical Christmas thoughts regarding gift-giving, packing for travel to see distant family members, and my last-minute visits to friends. In the midst of all this busy activity I asked myself, “What would Jesus want for Christmas?” I believe Jesus wants fruit. The fruit of the Spirit working in us, that is.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
I’ve been taught that the meaning of this passage could be stated, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love. This is demonstrated via joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” That brings to mind this teaching from the book of Corinthians.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
The New Testament contains many more references to love and the demonstration of that love. I believe this is what would please my dear Jesus the most, to see His children showing love. Not just everyday love, but Spiritual-fruit love.
I cannot muster up this kind of love on my own, I couldn’t even come close. However, I trust that my Father in heaven will give good things to those who ask Him. I want to ask for this gift so I can use it to bless my Lord Jesus. What a Merry Christmas that will be!
Posted on Fri, December 23, 2016
by Shawnna Casazza filed under